OM’s Chatter: Tin Hats & International Spats

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

On this episode of OM's Chatter, Vennesa takes out the tin hats to talk about Qatar & the GCC, some population control measures in India from Karan, and Nate picks a bone with Haiti's desire for a military. First up though, we talk Brexit updates, including Boris Johnson making word sounds with his mouth but not saying much and David Davis' 'Plan B'. Secondly, we move to SoKo to discuss the new test of the THAAD system, what regional fallout drama can be expected, and debate whether Trump will add fuel to the fire with some antagonistic 4 am tweet. Next, Vennesa gets her tin hat out to debate GCC motivations in Qatar with Nate, before moving over to Haiti and having a

Pipeline Grumbles & Diplomatic Stumbles

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

On this episode of OM's Chatter we talk good news out of west Africa, sad news for the nationalists in Europe, which politicians dropped the ball this week (hint: they're the ones you expect to), the continuing saga that is the Dakota pipeline protests, & more. First, the gang celebrates some good news from around the world including a loss for the Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hoffer, and a victory for Gambia, which saw the election of Adama Barrow and the end of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year reign. We also check out some noteworthy topics: Trump's "Twitter diplomacy", Boris Johnson being Boris Johnson and fumbling on Brexit, the possibility of a Ban Ki-moon South Korean presidency, veterans protecting protesters at Standing Rock, and what

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

No Natural Disasters Here, Metaphorical or Otherwise

On this week of OM's Chatter we discuss that in the face of confusion and uncertainty around the world, we can at least take comfort in the fact that the more things change, the more they seem to stay just as obfuscated. The team first takes a long look at the coup in Turkey in the first segment. Who might have orchestrated it and how has Erdogan been dealing with the aftermath? In the Run Down Ramble, we take a stab at the Republican National Committee convention in Cleveland, which big names aren't showing up, and what this might say do the Republican's traditional voter base. And who invited Ceasar Flickerman (yes, we looked up his name)? We then turn momentarily to the Nice

Growing Deterrence, Political Clashes and the Return of Boris

The Round-Up Three Elections Gunman Referendum

The World in a Flash This week's Round-Up covers the return of Boris Johnson, developments in the Asia-Pacific, unrest in South Sudan, Trump's new foe and much more!   Boris Rises Again In a truly disturbing turn of events, Theresa May has made British punchline Boris Johnson the UK’s new Foreign Secretary. Yes, unfortunately you read that right. European leaders reacted as you would expect: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault wondered if he could negotiate with a “liar” and their German counterpart expressed pity for the British people. International media responded in kind, with the Washington Post publishing a round-up of his most undiplomatic moments, and Indy100 summarizing things nicely with a map of every country Bumbling Bojo has ever insulted (the list is

Post-Brexit RoundUp

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With all the news following the United Kingdom’s referendum to the leave the European Union, we have compiled the major events to keep an eye on going forward.   Leave Campaign Backtracks Claims Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has been a strong proponent for the UK exiting the EU. Along with other prominent UK politicians, they’ve reinforced the message that millions of pounds were being funnelled into the EU instead of programs in the UK. Less than 24 hours following the result, Farage backtracked on some of his claims including greater funding for the NHS (National Health Service) if the country left. Farage had also spread the message that the British economy would be stronger outside the EU